The definition of picayune is trivial or unimportant.adjective
A young child having a tantrum about a friend taking her red crayon when another red crayon is within reach is an example of a picayune complaint.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a coin of small value, as a former Spanish half-real of Louisiana
- anything trivial
Origin: Fr picaillon, small coin, halfpenny < Prov picaioun < picaio, money, prob. < pica, to ring, jingle, strike < VL *piccare: see picador
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- Of little value or importance; paltry. See Synonyms at trivial.
- Petty; mean.
- A Spanish-American half-real piece formerly used in parts of the southern United States.
- A five-cent piece.
- Something of very little value; a trifle: not worth a picayune.
Origin: Louisiana French picaillon, small coin, from French, from Provençal picaioun, from picaio, money, perhaps from Old Provençal piquar, to jingle, clink, from Vulgar Latin *piccāre, to pierce; see pique .
- picˌa·yunˈish adjective